Kingsley Jones will take up the new position as director of rugby at Sale Sharks at the end of the season.
Welshman Jones makes the step up from head coach after Philippe Saint Andre's decision to stand down. The Frenchman will remain in charge until the end of the current campaign before handing over to Jones.
Now the former Ebbw Vale star will join 2005 Grand Slam winning coach Mike Ruddock as a coach out-right in the Guinness Premiership.
Saint Andre added: "I'm delighted that Kingsley will be taking over when I leave. I brought Kingsley to Sale in 2004 and he is passionate and determined to achieve success. I'm certain that the future of the club is in safe hands."
Saint Andre joined the Sharks in May 2004 but has decided it is time to take on a fresh challenge. He said: "The last five years have been very exciting and I'm proud of the achievements of the team.
"Finishing top of the Guinness Premiership and then winning the final against Leicester in 2005/2006 was the highlight for me.
"I would like to thank the supporters of Sale Sharks who have shown great kindness and loyalty to me and my family during my time at the club.
"I'm totally committed to achieving further success at the club. With the squad of players and coaching staff, I hope to repay the support of the fans by winning a major trophy this season."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.